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Re: Two Noble Kinsmen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0774  Wednesday, 12 April 2000.

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Sunday, 9 Apr 2000 20:21:09 +0100
Subject: 11.0756 Re: Two Noble Kinsmen
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0756 Re: Two Noble Kinsmen

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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"
Robin Hamilton objects:

>Bloody hell!!  I know there are a lot of Jameses around, but I thought
>KQ was James IV, not either first of Scotland or first of England.
>
>OK, it was probably a typo on Sean's part, but I couldn't resist ...

Actually, no, it wasn't a typo.  I checked it against Douglas Gray's
anthology of Late Medieval Verse and Prose.
"

OOPS!!!  Did I ever get this wrong!!  All I can plead [rather weakly!]
is that I was confusing the date of the manuscript (from the reign of
James IV, 1473-1513) with the date of the composition of the poem, in
the reign of James 1 (1394-1437).

James 1 (1394-1437) had been a captive of Henry IV in England from 1406
till 1424, marrying Joan Beaufort about two months before he returned to
Scotland.  The poem is supposed to reflect the courtship of the future
queen by James 1.

The element of ambiguity is around whether the poem was written +by+
James I himself, or by an anonymous poet drawing on James's experiences
as material for the poem.  Matthew McDiarmid in his edition of +The
Kingis Quair+ in 1973 argues strongly for the king's own authorship.
But I'm not sure what the state of play on this question has been since
then.

My apologies for post-dating the poem by maybe 50 years-Sean was quite
right in his initial post.

End of Retraction ...

Robin Hamilton
 

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